• Aug 6, 2006
UPDATE 1


The Boston Globe spilled the beans! For MY 2007, Acura has added a Type S model to the TL range. Those who opt for the package are rewarded with a 3.5L V6 churning out 286 horses and 256 lb.-ft. of torque, 28 hp and 23 lb.-ft. better than the base TL's 3.2L mill.

Subtle detail changes differentiate the Type -S from the standard car. A mesh grille, wheel/tire upgrade, rear spoiler, quad exhaust outlets and, of course, Type S badging identify it as such. Inside, the Type S gets sportier seating, carbon fiber trim, and racy steel pedals. A sport-tuned suspension is in place to give the car improved handling to go with its added punch. Expect a retail price of around $39,000.

We're guessing that an official announcement will likely come this week, now that a major media outlet has broken the story. We'll have photos and complete specs as soon as Honda makes them available to us.

Thanks to reader Raghu fir the tip!

[Source: The Boston Globe]

UPDATE 1: Click here to see a shot of what the 2007 Acura TL Type S will actually look like.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      At least not in the mainstream config.

      Acura has be commited to good gas mileage in the years of cheap oil, I don't see them going to gas-sucking AWD or even RWD as the price of gas rises.

      FWD provides higher mpg than RWD and much better mpg than AWD. I think Acura will stick with it.

      I don't know what they'll do with the RDX. It gets terrible mpg for its size and costs a lot. It shares its name with an explosive too. I don't get this move on their part.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the regular TL needs 245/45 17 tires, it already has 17x8 wheels.
      The shit handling awd will not do anything, if it would be offered [highly doubtful]
      So TL ~3600 +- 50lbs
      RL ~4000 lbs +- 50lbs

      At least these cars get high beams, and correctly placed fog lights.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm curious as to how pd managed to drive a 2007 Acura TL Type-S when there are no 2007 TL's out yet. Either he's mistaken, or making it up. For 2006 Acura changed the TL slightly to reduce torque steer. I would expect that the 07 models will benefit from that.

      In the meantime, no car can out grip a TL in slalom speeds, and the only three cars that will out-drag it (In the class,) are the Lexus IS350 (but it still can't handle) the 2007 BMW 335i (overpriced, terrible ergonomics) and the 07 Infiniti G35 (something worth considering.)

      That alone is reason to get over any front wheel drive bias and at least look at this car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #35 it take more than RWD to make it a Bimmer killer!

      Acura is not a "status" symbol nor a vanity plate. Its the Target to the standard Honda Wal-mart in terms of perception. The market for Acura is still to upsell Honda owners. When Paris Hilton believe its "hot" to ride in a Acura then they have a chance. The image is not there to dethrown anyone.

      AWD has always been a gimmick and is required to compete against Audi. With a brain a real pair of winter tires instead of "All-Season" you can drive RWD in the snow without a problem. FWD as the advantage over RWD because the weight is over the wheels, but even then you better brake in a straight line otherwise you will find yourself on the other side of the road or in a ditch.

      Lastly, anyone who has tracked a car knows that having the front wheels be the ones that are responsible for all the traction, turning and stopping is a disaster because no two functions can be done at the same time which means you need to brake early and get into the throttle later into the apex.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Buy one to celebrate Jenson Button's huge 14th-place-to-1st win for Honda F1! Heh.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #29 (Craig) -- Audi can't find an answer for BMW's M cars? Well, if you're talking 0-60 times, you're correct, sir! The M3 is a half-tick quicker. But around a track (wet or dry) the Audi is faster. While the M3 undoubtedly has taken the "razor's edge" approach to tuning, the S4 manages to be faster around the track, AND a bit mor luxurious to boot.

      I'm not sure that equates to "can't find an answer" -- I think it's more along the lines of "pick your question". If outright faster around the track performance is what you want, choose the Audi. If you want 0.5 seconds quicker 0-60 and a less friendly day-to-day driver (albeit more "fun"), pick the the M3.
      • 8 Years Ago
      $40,000 and no rear wheel drive? Acura is kidding, right? I guess they didn't learn anything from the overpriced, under styled and under cylindered RL. I won't be trading in my '04 TL, that's for sure.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't forget that Acura will also put out an RL base without all the technical doo dads as the RL in it's current form isn't selling well at all (down 24% month 05 to month 06 of July and down 31.5% for year 05 to date 06.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who cares? It's an Acura
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've had my TL for ~5000 miles. I got out of an 9-year-old A4 1.8T quattro that I'd modified for about 205HP.

      As much as I love the creature comfort of the TL. Plushness, more space etc., this brand new TL with 50+ more HP CAN NOT TOUCH the handling of my old Audi. I miss it so much. The TL has lots of torque steer, is not 100% neutral in corners, has a much heavier steering feel and lots less "seat-of-the-pants" fun.

      If SH-AWD is available in the coming years, I will not be able to trade-up fast enough. Followed by some sort of chip and stiffer suspension...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Apparently it hasn't occured to some people that Acuras are loaded with features that are only comparable to competitors' cars that cost at least 5K more, and that's only comparing MSRP.

      Yes you sacrifice 'high performance' for all the luxury features, but Acura has always been about a balance between luxury, performance, and value. It's undeniable that Acura vehicles are way more value priced than any other luxury companies' vehicles out there.

      Even though A lot of people think SH-AWD will be on the TL next gen, I'm not so sure. I think if anything they would start to offer a RWD sooner than SH-AWD. The main reason why they are offering SH-AWD on the RDX is because it is an SUV and nearly all companies offer an AWD variant for their SUVs.

      #24, the only reason why that seems to be true is becuase there's people willing to defend Acura while most others could care less to defend domestic companies.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The only time you really feal the torque steer on the TL is when you are accelerating hard around a corner with bumps. Even on a RWD vehicle if you accelerate hard around a corner with bumps the back end tends to want to slide out. There are possitives and negatives about FWD and RWD. It is all a matter of opinion as to what you want in a vehicle. Everyone has a different personality and wants what they want am I right? That is what makes this world go round and that is why there are thousands of makes and models.
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